06.03.14 -- Pfizer Launches OTC Nexium For Heartburn; AstraZeneca's Focus On Supply Chain
Cargo theft is nothing new. Since goods have been shipped there have been those ready to take advantage. The theft of pharmaceutical supplies affects the industry in ways beyond the bottom line with patient safety threatened by counterfeit and badly handled supplies. In this joint presentation, World Courier's Sue Lee and Jason Breakwell, director of TAPA (Transported Asset Protection Association), will discuss the problem and how it affects the supply chain and ultimately the patient. Learn more.
By Trisha Gladd, Editor, Pharmaceutical Online and Bioresearch Online
In the pharmaceutical industry, we have seen a number of changes over the past few years that have altered how companies operate and interact. To understand the impact of this trend and learn how some of the industry’s biggest names are adjusting to the transformation, I recently spoke to supply chain experts from AstraZeneca, GSK, Novartis, and Valeant Pharmaceuticals to find out what they’re doing to successfully ride this wave of change into the future. The first of these conversations was with Mark Holder, executive director, North American regional supply chain at AstraZeneca, who spoke about how this strategic reconfiguration has required AstraZeneca to leverage their infrastructure and integrate it in a key way that saves money.
By Dr. Frank Westad, Chief Scientific Officer, CAMO Software
Multivariate statistical process monitoring (MSPM) has been established as a valuable tool for ensuring reliable product quality in the process industry. However, many organizations today are still not fully utilizing its potential to make significant improvements in their production environment.
By Gary Partington, Walker Barrier Systems
Uses of isolators for aseptic processing are far-reaching. The earliest use of aseptic isolators was for sterility testing. Sterility test isolators make up the major part of aseptic isolator use, and are available in many different sizes and configurations.
By Bob McGregor, General Manager, Brookfield Engineering
Maintaining capsule integrity is an important requirement for established pharmaceutical manufacturers who want happy customers. Ensuring delivery of capsules and tablets to the recipient intact and in good condition is a primary concern. Consumers, however, know from experience that some tablets and capsules can be difficult to extract from the blister pack. Is this a manufacturing problem? Or has R&D neglected to implement a foolproof test methodology for evaluating tablet and capsule removal from the blister pack? Chances are that protection during shipment was the overriding objective for the manufacturer’s engineering team. The challenge of extracting the tablet or capsule from the blister pack may have been overlooked.
By Nick Hutchinson, Parker domnick hunter Process Filtration
Cross flow filtration used in bioprocesses is typically either microfiltration to clarify process streams or ultrafiltration to concentrate and diafilter the biopharmaceutical molecule.